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Some 8 unions, representing part of the 600,000 Cambodian factory workers, staged a demonstration to pressure the buying companies (Zara, Levi’s, H&M, Adidas, LVMH etc…) and the owners of the factories into obtaining a monthly wage of 177$US instead of the current 100$US. The event receives worldwide support from many unions in various countries.

This is a follow-up on the ebook ‘A Fine Thread’ which is available for your iPad or your Mac running ‘Mavericks’. Written by Robert Carmichael and with photographs by myself, the ebook gives a comprehensive overview of the current situation of Cambodian factory workers and the garment sector. The ebook is sold for 4.99$US and can be bought at the iTunes Store at THIS LINK.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Workers inside Canadia Industrial Park hold a demonstration to demand a monthly wage of 177$US (instead of the current 100$US).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Workers inside Canadia Industrial Park hold a demonstration to demand a monthly wage of 177$US (instead of the current 100$US).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Union leaders distributing stickers demanding a 177$US monthly wage to workers during lunch break near the Canadia Industrial Park.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Union leaders distributing stickers demanding a 177$US monthly wage to workers during lunch break near the Canadia Industrial Park.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Workers inside Canadia Industrial Park hold a demonstration to demand a monthly wage of 177$US (instead of the current 100$US).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Workers inside Canadia Industrial Park hold a demonstration to demand a monthly wage of 177$US (instead of the current 100$US).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Ath Thon, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers' Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), addresses workers inside Canadia Industrial Park when they hold a demonstration to demand a monthly wage of 177$US (instead of the current 100$US).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Ath Thon, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers' Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), addresses workers inside Canadia Industrial Park when they hold a demonstration to demand a monthly wage of 177$US (instead of the current 100$US).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Soldiers keep an eye on workers inside Canadia Industrial Park holding a demonstration to demand a monthly wage of 177$US (instead of the current 100$US).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Soldiers keep an eye on workers inside Canadia Industrial Park holding a demonstration to demand a monthly wage of 177$US (instead of the current 100$US).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Workers inside Canadia Industrial Park hold a demonstration to demand a monthly wage of 177$US (instead of the current 100$US).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Workers inside Canadia Industrial Park hold a demonstration to demand a monthly wage of 177$US (instead of the current 100$US).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Workers inside Canadia Industrial Park watch co-workers hold a demonstration to demand a monthly wage of 177$US (instead of the current 100$US).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Workers inside Canadia Industrial Park watch co-workers hold a demonstration to demand a monthly wage of 177$US (instead of the current 100$US).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Workers in front of the Sun Well Shoes Co, Ltd. demonstrate for a 177$US monthly wage.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Workers in front of the Sun Well Shoes Co, Ltd. demonstrate for a 177$US monthly wage.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Worker in front of the Sun Well Shoes Co, Ltd. applied a sticker at the entrance of the factory during a demonstration for a 177$US monthly wage.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Worker in front of the Sun Well Shoes Co, Ltd. applied a sticker at the entrance of the factory during a demonstration for a 177$US monthly wage.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Veng Sreng street, which was the location of a violent crackdown by the army of a workers' strike. At least 5 people were killed by live fire.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 17/09/2014: Veng Sreng street, which was the location of a violent crackdown by the army of a workers' strike. At least 5 people were killed by live fire.

The intimidating presence of a considerable numbers of riot police deployed at Wat Samaky Raingsey and near the Stung Meanchey bridge, thwarted the plan to have 100 buddhist monks and environment activists demonstrate at the Chinese embassy against the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam.

Just 1 tuktuk with 4 Borei Keila land rights activists and 3 monks managed to stay a few minutes before the embassy before being pushed away by the police.

Moments later another group of monks, joined by villagers from Kampong Speu province, gathered at Freedom Park.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/09/2014: A tuktuk with 4 land rights activists from the evicted Borei Keila community and a few buddhist monks tried to join a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy to protest the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam and were pushed away by the police. The protest was supposed to be attended by 100 buddhist monks and environment activists and was thwarted by the police.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/09/2014: A tuktuk with 4 land rights activists from the evicted Borei Keila community and a few buddhist monks tried to join a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy to protest the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam and were pushed away by the police. The protest was supposed to be attended by 100 buddhist monks and environment activists and was thwarted by the police.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/09/2014: Important police forces posted at the gates of Wat Samaky Raingsey and at the Stung Meanchey bridge prevented buddhist monks from attending a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy to protest the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/09/2014: Important police forces posted at the gates of Wat Samaky Raingsey and at the Stung Meanchey bridge prevented buddhist monks from attending a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy to protest the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/09/2014: A tuktuk with 4 land rights activists from the evicted Borei Keila community tried to join a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy to protest the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam. It was supposed to be attended by 100 buddhist monks and environment activists and was thwarted by the police.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/09/2014: A tuktuk with 4 land rights activists from the evicted Borei Keila community tried to join a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy to protest the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam. It was supposed to be attended by 100 buddhist monks and environment activists and was thwarted by the police.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/09/2014: A tuktuk with 4 land rights activists from the evicted Borei Keila community and a few buddhist monks tried to join a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy to protest the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam and were pushed away by the police. The protest was supposed to be attended by 100 buddhist monks and environment activists and was thwarted by the police.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/09/2014: A tuktuk with 4 land rights activists from the evicted Borei Keila community and a few buddhist monks tried to join a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy to protest the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam and were pushed away by the police. The protest was supposed to be attended by 100 buddhist monks and environment activists and was thwarted by the police.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/09/2014: Ly Channin, activist monk, addresses journalists at Freedom Park after a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy to protest the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam who was supposed to be attended by 100 buddhist monks and environment activists was thwarted by the police.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/09/2014: Ly Channin, activist monk, addresses journalists at Freedom Park after a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy to protest the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam who was supposed to be attended by 100 buddhist monks and environment activists was thwarted by the police.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/09/2014: Activist monk meditates at Freedom Park after a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy to protest the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam who was supposed to be attended by 100 buddhist monks and environment activists was thwarted by the police.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/09/2014: Activist monk meditates at Freedom Park after a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy to protest the construction of the Areng valley hydropower dam who was supposed to be attended by 100 buddhist monks and environment activists was thwarted by the police.

Both the evicted communities from Lorpeang (Kampong Chhnang) and Malai (Banteay Meanchey), hosted and supported by land rights activists and buddhist monks in two different locations, marched through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver petitions at the Ministry of Justice and the National Assembly for the first and at the National Assembly only for the second group.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/09/2014: Evicted from Malai (Banteay Meanchey), mostly handicapped former Khmer Rouge soldiers, hosted by activist monks at Wat Stung Meanchey, are protesting in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/09/2014: Evicted from Malai (Banteay Meanchey), mostly handicapped former Khmer Rouge soldiers, hosted by activist monks at Wat Stung Meanchey, are protesting in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lorpeang (Kampong Chhnang) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare for a demonstration at the Ministry of Justice to request the liberation of their jailed members.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lorpeang (Kampong Chhnang) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare for a demonstration at the Ministry of Justice to request the liberation of their jailed members.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lorpeang (Kampong Chhnang) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare for a demonstration at the Ministry of Justice to request the liberation of their jailed members.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lorpeang (Kampong Chhnang) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare for a demonstration at the Ministry of Justice to request the liberation of their jailed members.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lorpeang (Kampong Chhnang) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare for a demonstration at the Ministry of Justice to request the liberation of their jailed members.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lorpeang (Kampong Chhnang) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare for a demonstration at the Ministry of Justice to request the liberation of their jailed members.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lorpeang (Kampong Chhnang) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, on their way for a demonstration at the Ministry of Justice to request the liberation of their jailed members.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lorpeang (Kampong Chhnang) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, on their way for a demonstration at the Ministry of Justice to request the liberation of their jailed members.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/09/2014: Evicted from Malai (Banteay Meanchey), mostly handicapped former Khmer Rouge soldiers, hosted by activist monks at Wat Stung Meanchey, are protesting in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/09/2014: Evicted from Malai (Banteay Meanchey), mostly handicapped former Khmer Rouge soldiers, hosted by activist monks at Wat Stung Meanchey, are protesting in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/09/2014: Evicted from Malai (Banteay Meanchey), mostly handicapped former Khmer Rouge soldiers, hosted by activist monks at Wat Stung Meanchey, are protesting in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 12/09/2014: Evicted from Malai (Banteay Meanchey), mostly handicapped former Khmer Rouge soldiers, hosted by activist monks at Wat Stung Meanchey, are protesting in front of the National Assembly.

The Stung Meanchey pagoda, well at least some of the monks at that pagoda, together with monks from Wat Than, are involved in supporting those who are suffering from unjust situations. They were present during the SL factory worker’s strike at the end of 2013, they did show up frequently during the post-election rallies from the opposition CNRP. Today they host 67 families at the pagoda, mostly former soldiers, many of them maimed by land mines, from Malai in Banteay Meanchey, who are involved in a land issue.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: Monks from Wat Than organise a press conference at Wat Stung Meanchey for 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: Monks from Wat Than organise a press conference at Wat Stung Meanchey for 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: The monks from Wat Stung Meanchey, against the will of the chief monk, host 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: The monks from Wat Stung Meanchey, against the will of the chief monk, host 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: The monks from Wat Stung Meanchey, against the will of the chief monk, host 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: The monks from Wat Stung Meanchey, against the will of the chief monk, host 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: The monks from Wat Stung Meanchey, against the will of the chief monk, host 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: The monks from Wat Stung Meanchey, against the will of the chief monk, host 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: Monks from Wat Than organise a press conference at Wat Stung Meanchey for 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: Monks from Wat Than organise a press conference at Wat Stung Meanchey for 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: Monk, in front of a poster representing self-immolating monks from Vietnam and Tibet, addresses the journalists during a press conference at Wat Stung Meanchey for 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: Monk, in front of a poster representing self-immolating monks from Vietnam and Tibet, addresses the journalists during a press conference at Wat Stung Meanchey for 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: The monks from Wat Stung Meanchey, against the will of the chief monk, host 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: The monks from Wat Stung Meanchey, against the will of the chief monk, host 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: The monks from Wat Stung Meanchey, against the will of the chief monk, host 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: The monks from Wat Stung Meanchey, against the will of the chief monk, host 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: Monks from Wat Than organise a press conference at Wat Stung Meanchey for 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: Monks from Wat Than organise a press conference at Wat Stung Meanchey for 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: Child selling joss sticks to people visiting the pagoda during Pchum Ben. The monks from Wat Stung Meanchey, against the will of the chief monk, host 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/09/2014: Child selling joss sticks to people visiting the pagoda during Pchum Ben. The monks from Wat Stung Meanchey, against the will of the chief monk, host 67 families, mostly former soldiers with many being handicapped, involved in a land issue in Malai (Banteay Meanchey).

This is part of a new story called ‘Hearths of Resistance’, which itself is a follow-up on the ‘Quest for Land‘ story which is available as an iApp on iTunes and which reports on land issues in Cambodia since the year 2000 with texts by Robert Carmichael and over 700 photographs.

The villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province), evicted by KDC International Company, headed by Chea Kheng, the wife of Minister of Industry, Mines and Energy Suy Sem, and who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, held an unhindered ‘press conference’ at Freedom Park.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare to stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare to stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare to stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare to stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare to stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare to stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare to stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare to stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare to stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, prepare to stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 10/09/2014: The evicted villagers from Lor Peang (Kampong Chhnang province) who are hosted by the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, stage a protest at Freedom Park to request the liberation of their arrested members.

Two groups of evicted communities joined hands to demonstrate in front of the National Assembly this morning to protest, pointing their fingers to Kep Chuktema, former governor of Phnom Penh, who they are holding responsible for the mess they are in.

One group was forcefully diverted by the police in its march towards the National Assembly when trying to pass in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house.

If the anger the evicted communities in Phnom Penh feel towards the authorities and in particular towards Kep Chuktema is understandable after all they have been going through over the past years, the idea to compare the governor to Kaing Guek Eav, alias ‘Duch’, the convicted head of the infamous S21 Khmer Rouge interrogation centre is rather unreasonable.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Protesters holding poster comparing Kep Chuktema, former governor of Phnom Penh, to Duch, the convicted head of the infamous S21 Khmer Rouge interrogation center, when evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrate in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Protesters holding poster comparing Kep Chuktema, former governor of Phnom Penh, to Duch, the convicted head of the infamous S21 Khmer Rouge interrogation center, when evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrate in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Protesters holding poster comparing Kep Chuktema, former governor of Phnom Penh, to Duch, the convicted head of the infamous S21 Khmer Rouge interrogation center, when evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrate in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Protesters holding poster comparing Kep Chuktema, former governor of Phnom Penh, to Duch, the convicted head of the infamous S21 Khmer Rouge interrogation center, when evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrate in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community are prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community are prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community are prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community are prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community who were prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly, feel unwell during a scuffle with security forces.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community who were prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly, feel unwell during a scuffle with security forces.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community are prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community are prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community who were prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly, feel unwell during a scuffle with security forces.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community who were prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly, feel unwell during a scuffle with security forces.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community who were prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly, feel unwell during a scuffle with security forces.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community who were prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly, feel unwell during a scuffle with security forces.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community who were prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly, feel unwell during a scuffle with security forces.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community who were prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly, feel unwell during a scuffle with security forces.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community who were prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly, feel unwell during a scuffle with security forces.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community who were prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly, feel unwell during a scuffle with security forces.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community who were prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly, feel unwell during a scuffle with security forces.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Members from the Boeung Kak lake community who were prevented by the police from passing in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's residence when trying to reach evicted communities of Phnom Penh demonstrating in front of the National Assembly, feel unwell during a scuffle with security forces.

CAMBODIA, Phnom CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Nuth Rumdoal, opposition CNRP lawmaker, talks to the evicted communities of Phnom Penh who demonstrate in front of the National Assembly.. 7/09/2014: Nuth Rumdoal, opposition CNRP lawmaker, talks to the evicted communities of Phnom Penh who demonstrate in front of the National Assembly.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 8/09/2014: Nuth Rumdoal, opposition CNRP lawmaker, talks to the evicted communities of Phnom Penh who demonstrate in front of the National Assembly.

The Noorderlicht Photofestival ‘An Ocean of Possibilities’ opened its doors on August 31st in Leeuwarden (Netherlands). Some 20 photographs about the Cambodian civil society resisting the erosion of their rights are featured in the ‘Rise’ section.

You can read an interview HERE.

Noorderlicht in Leeuwarden

Noorderlicht in Leeuwarden

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 2/07/2013: Members of the Boeung Kak Lake community, entangled in a land issue since 2007, try to push past a Police blockade preventing them from demonstrating in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's house on Sihanouk Boulevard.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 2/07/2013: Members of the Boeung Kak Lake community, entangled in a land issue since 2007, try to push past a Police blockade preventing them from demonstrating in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen's house on Sihanouk Boulevard.

The Khmer Kampuchea Krom community gathered about 300 people at Freedom Park for a forum about Kampuchea Krom’s lingering destiny. What is claimed by many Cambodians as an annexation of Khmer territory by Vietnam in 1949, is a tough to crack bone of contention, fed both by ultranationalistic feelings and an age-old distrust in the Vietnamese.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Son Soubert, member of the Constitutional Council, at a public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Son Soubert, member of the Constitutional Council, at a public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Thach Setha, president of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community, talking to the press at a public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Community Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Thach Setha, president of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community, talking to the press at a public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Community Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/09/2014: Public forum organised by the Kampuchea Krom Association about what they consider the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.